March 6, 2012

We're Back!

Shycloud.com has been closed since 2009, about the time I got involved with FaceBook, but I've decided to bring it back to life. What you see as I write this is pretty much what the site looked like when I shut it down, but I already have begun making some changes that will alter the look and content. On the right side of the Home page you can see some CDs produced by various friends of mine, and if you click on them, you can buy physical copies of the discs or MP3s of their songs through CD Baby. Those purchases will help the artists, as well as this web site. At the moment some of the ones shown no longer are available, but I will be removing those and adding new ones over the next few days.

Permalink posted at 7:35 PM in Blogging, Music

February 8, 2009

DMG's Facebook 25 Things List

I have been spending lots of my recent time on Facebook.com, where a current craze is writing 25 Random Things about yourself. Time magazine even wrote about the phenomenon in an article called "25 Things I Didn't Want To Know About You."

And this is my version, which is longer than most people's:

25 Random Memories From DMG/Shy Cloud

RULES: Once you've been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. Make each item as long or short as you want. When you finish, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it's because I want to know more about you.

To do this, click on Notes in the extended portion of the tabs at the top of your profile page, the click on "Write A New Note" in the upper right corner. Paste these instructions in the body of the note, type your 25 random things, tag 25 people (in the right hand corner of the app) then click publish.

P.S. -- My answers are way longer than those written by most people I've seen do this exercise, so you might want to get yourself a cup of coffee or a sandwich before you start to read them!

1. My full name actually is David Charles Green. I was named after my grandfathers, David Madison Green and Rupert Charles Rummelhart, so I could have been named Madison Rupert Green. As it was, I never really liked Charles as a name, and once I became a writer, just plain David Green wasn't distinctive enough, so I went looking for a different middle name in the late '70s. I considered David Rupert Green to keep my mom's dad in the picture, but didn't like that. Then I thought about David Colin Green for a time during my early days of loving Formula 1 racing (the Lotus team was owned by Colin Chapman), but that didn't feel right either. Finally in 1978 I settled on David Matt Green, choosing my dad's father's nickname as my new middle moniker.

2. When I was a very bashful young Cub Scout, our pack had a Native American Day and all of the Den Mothers made up Indian names for their little cubs. Mine dubbed me "Shy Cloud, Chief of the Arapahos." I never forgot that name, and when I joined America Online back in 1990, I made it one of my screen names there. In 1996 I created my first web site, and soon after that I bought an actual domain name for it: ShyCloud.com. The site has been offering "Moral Support For Creative Sorts" for over 12 years now!

3. I tried to become a musician as a kid, but I didn't seem to have much natural talent for it. I was part of an electric guitar band that featured 40 or 50 students of David Yantis, though, and with them I played in a show at the Del Mar Fair when I was only 12! During 8th Grade I also had my own little band in the talent show at St. Didacus in Normal Heights. It featured me on electric guitar, and two other friends playing a sax and a snare drum. People said we were so good they thought it was a record and that we were just pretending to play!

4. The worst day of my life was September 25, 1978, when I was a newspaper reporter and photographer who spent about three hours at the site of the PSA plane crash in North Park, where 144 people had died, then another three hours in the temporary morgue, which was in the gymnasium at St. Augustine High School. I had graduated from Saints in 1967, and grew up in Normal Heights and North Park, so it was horrendous seeing so much death and destruction at an intersection I had driven through hundreds of times, and then bags and bags of bodies on the floor of my high school gym.

5. In 2008 I became Associate Producer, Technical Adviser and Lead Stills Photographer for a documentary called "Return to Dwight and Nile: The Story of PSA Flight 182." We filmed about 40 hours of interviews and location shots in September, and the movie is now in post-production.

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Permalink posted at 1:34 PM in Blogging

November 26, 2008

RIP Scott Zensen, 1958-2008

Scott ZensenI received this e-mail earlier today from Sandi Shaner:

Subject: Scott Zensen has been promoted to Glory today! RIP

I have the unfortunate announcement to make about my good friend, Scott Zensen, editor of MyWeekMagazine.com. He passed away in his home from heart failure, in the company of his sister, daughter, and mother, only a couple of hours ago. He simply could not make it back this time.

Since Scott's open heart surgery, he has remained a constant figure here in the San Diego Music Scene, and worked really hard to get us all some recognition for our talents.

I think it is only fair that we give him recognition for his talents. At this year's 1st Annual Musician's Networking Party, we are going to dedicate all of the live music to Scott. I will also be accepting donations for his family in their time of great need. I am sure that his memorial will be open to all who knew him. Please say a prayer this Thanksgiving for his family.

Permalink posted at 5:36 PM in DMG's Friends, In Memoriam, Music

October 28, 2008

DMG's Father Would Be 92 Today

Bud & DavidHappy Birthday to my father, Madison "Bud" Green! Born in 1916, Dad would have been 92 today, if he hadn't passed away at age 71 on November 20, 1987, when he suffered a heart attack after reeling in a catfish at a nearby lake. My mother, Helen (Rummelhart) Green, took this picture of Dad and me in 1949, when Bud was 32 and I was just 5 months old.

Dad and Mom both grew up in small towns in Iowa. Dad was from Lone Tree, while Mom was from nearby Riverside. Somehow they met and fell in love, and they were married on November 22, 1941, in Brooklyn, New York, where 25-year-old Dad was serving with the U.S. Navy. Fifteen days later, on December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, which began World War II! My future parents hardly saw each other over the next four years, which is partly why I wasn't born until after their seven-year anniversary!

I received my love of baseball from my father, who used to play it, and I'm sure he would have been watching the World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays, a team that didn't exist when he was alive.

Every time I go to Petco Park to see the Padres play, I try to walk past a building at 7th and J that my dad worked in during the '50s and '60s. I give a little lucky rub to the loading dock doors that I know he must have opened hundreds of times, and thus take him symbolically with me to the new ballpark.

Tonight I'm going to the SD Bloggers Meetup Group's first anniversary party, and at some point I plan to lift my glass and toast my Dad, "Here's to you, Bud Green!"

Permalink posted at 9:16 AM in Birthdays, DMG's Family, In Memoriam

October 27, 2008

SD Bloggers Meetup Is 1 Year Old

At the beginning of 2008 I wrote about being a member of Meetup.com. At that time I was active in the San Diego Photography Meetup Group and the Arthouse Movies Meetup Group, and had become an Assistant Organizer in both of them.

I had joined several other groups as well, but I hadn't attended any of their events yet. In February, though, I went to my first gathering of a young Meetup group called SD Bloggers, where I met a lot of people who are much hipper to the tech scene than I am.

I attended about five of their monthly meetings, then I got busy being Associate Producer for Dave Fresina's documentary film, "Return to Dwight and Nile: The Story of PSA Flight 182," but Dave is back in Boston now editing that and I'm once again trying to improve ShyCloud.com and my blog.

So I'm ready to reappear at an SD Bloggers Meetup, and luckily for me they will celebrate their first anniversary tomorrow night, October 28, with a big party at Modus Supper Club! I'm planning to be there, and I'm looking forward to seeing the people I already know again, as well as meeting a ton of new bloggers. It should be a grand time!

I'm hoping I'll meet some bloggers who use Movable Type, as I recently upgraded this system to the latest version, but I haven't learned to make it work yet.

[NOTE: You can see a list of all the Meetups I belong to at: DMG's Meetup.com Profile]

Permalink posted at 2:08 PM in Blogging, San Diego

September 30, 2008

182 Memorial At Dwight And Nile

Dwight and NileOne question people always ask about the 1978 PSA plane crash in North Park is:

"Why isn't there a memorial plaque or something at the site?"

I tell them there is a plaque and a tree at the North Park Library several blocks away, but that answer seldom pleases anyone.

Sunday night I had an idea for a possible memorial that wouldn't cost much money, and might be easy to get cleared by the city.

1) Right now it is a 2-way Stop. Add 2 more poles and Stop signs and make it a 4-way Stop.

2) Paint crosswalks across all 4 sides.

3) Add 4 signs beneath the Stop signs that say:

PSA Flight 182
9-25-1978
144

4) This one is optional: Paint 182 either in the lines of the crosswalks, or in the center of the intersection.

All of that would bring everyone who passes through Dwight and Nile to a slight stop, sort of like a moment of silence, for the 144 people whose lives stopped there.

It also would slow down people who pass through there and thus make it a safer intersection.

My only worry is that people would steal the special 182 signs from under the Stop signs.

I e-mailed my idea to a lawyer I met while we were filming at the site. He has lived just south of Dwight since 2000. Here is his reply:

I like the stop sign idea because we could use it. My wife suggested that we get the city to fix the corners for disabled access, like they've been doing around here, and stick a stamp in the cement. Double duty.
Permalink posted at 12:10 PM in In Memoriam, San Diego, World

September 22, 2008

U-T Writes About "Dwight And Nile"

There is an article about Dave Fresina's film, "Return to Dwight and Nile: The Story of PSA Flight 182," on the front page of today's San Diego Union-Tribune.

To read it, Click Here.

Stay tuned. This is only the first of many stories that will be written about our little film in the months ahead!

Permalink posted at 7:41 AM in California, Films, San Diego

September 18, 2008

"Dwight and Nile" Filming Begins

As most of our readers know by now, I am Associate Producer for a documentary film called "Return to Dwight and Nile: The Story of PSA Flight 182."

Boston-based Producer/Director Dave Fresina, above, of Nantascot Films, was in San Diego from August 30-September 7, and we had a very successful first week of filming interviews and locations.

Our crew shot 16 people during that time, including two firemen, two policemen, a priest, a doctor, a teacher, a mailman, a television news anchor, a newspaper reporter, two photographers, and four people who live or work in North Park, where the crash happened.

Dave will be here again from September 20-28, and plans to film at Dwight and Nile on the morning of September 25th, the 30th anniversary of the tragedy that affected EVERY San Diegan in 1978.

We still are looking for more people who are willing to be filmed telling your personal stories about that horrible day. The crew captured me telling mine on the first day of shooting. In case you didn't know, back then I was a newspaper reporter and photographer who covered the story at the crash site and inside the temporary morgue.

If you also were involved with the crash and would like to participate in the film, please e-mail me so that we can set up a time next week to interview you.

Click Here to read an article from The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Massachusetts, about Dave and his reasons for making the film, which he hopes will premiere around the middle of next year somewhere in San Diego. I think the North Park Theatre would be the perfect place for it, but we haven't talked to anyone about that yet. It also will be entered in various film fests next year, including our own San Diego Film Festival.

Also, a photo I shot at the crash of policeman Nate Harris standing in front of the tail section of the PSA jet is appearing currently in a new documentary about the 80-year history of San Diego Airport called "A Piece of the Sky." If you have Cox Video on Demand, you can view it in their FreeZone under Features. It also will be shown on Cox Channel 4 immediately after the Padres game this Sunday, September 21.

Permalink posted at 11:16 AM in California, Films, San Diego

August 26, 2008

DMG Photo In "A Piece of the Sky"

One of the photographs I took on September 25, 1978, at the PSA crash site is a tiny part of an excellent new documentery about the 80-year history of San Diego International Airport.

The picture is featured during a short segment about the tragedy. I think my name in the credits at the end actually stays on the screen longer than my picture does, but hey, my photo now will live on as long as the documentary does! That's pretty cool!

Below is some information I found about the film on the airport's web site. It was shown on KNSD TV on Sunday night, will appear four times on Cox Channel 4 after Padres games, and is currently available for free viewing on the Cox Video On Demand channel in their Freezone under Features.

"A Piece of the Sky: San Diego and its Airport " airs on NBC 7/39 at 6:30 p.m. on August 24. The 30-minute documentary highlights significant events in the history of the airport and the region, showing how each has benefited from the other's evolution and change. With rare historical footage of the airport and the city from as early as 1883, dramatic modern photography, and interviews with a 17-year airport veteran, key business and civic leaders and travelers. The documentary is also scheduled to air on COX Channel 4 from August 31 to September 28. It will air four times, following the San Diego Padres games on August 31 and September 7, 14, and 21. It will also be available on COX Video on Demand beginning August 25.
Permalink posted at 8:17 AM in DMG's Photos, Films, San Diego

July 17, 2008

Music Scene Loses Another Brother

Still reeling from the death of Craig Yerkes, the San Diego Music Scene lost yet another brother Wednesday, with the passing of poet and photographer Billy Brazier, the younger sibling of Louis Brazier of Lestat's Coffee House.

I learned this news a few hours ago from a bulletin posted on MySpace by Kill Poet Press, which was co-run by Billy and a partner. Comments posted there in the hours since have expressed sadness at the news.

I went to grade school and college with Billy's and Lou's aunt Linda, and I first saw the brothers way back in 1975 when they were two of Fagin's Boys for a production of "Oliver!" that I photographed. Their sister Theresa also was in that show.

My heart goes out to all the family members, and also to everyone in the local music scene who are about to be hit with more sadness.

Permalink posted at 12:00 AM in In Memoriam, Music

July 11, 2008

For Craig And Those Who Love Him

I received this e-mail today from Cathryn Beeks:

Good people,

The need to gather, love and remember Craig Yerkes is overwhelming us all right now. With Marcia and Virginia's blessing, Craig's friends have organized a gathering on Sunday, July 27th, at The Boat and Ski Club in Pacific Beach from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Directions can be found at ListenLocalsd.com under VENUES.

This evening, lovingly started by Kristen Cusato, will be open to anyone who wishes to join us. There will be music and donations will be accepted, all monies going to trusts Marcia has set up for Brent and Trevor Yerkes. There are so many people who love Craig, it's impossible to contact them all... please help us spread the word.

Permalink posted at 8:29 PM in In Memoriam, Music

June 30, 2008

Music Scene Mourns Craig Yerkes

Craig Yerkes, the lead guitarist for a San Diego Americana band called The Grams, was killed around 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning in a one-car crash in Bonsall. He and The Grams were scheduled to play at the Ocean Beach Street Fair that afternoon.

Following are some reports about the accident.

KFMB-TV Video About Craig's Accident

SignOnSanDiego.com Article About The Accident

San Diego CityBeat Blog Article With Comments

Photos Of Craig By Dan Chusid With Comments

I didn't know Craig very well, but I crossed paths with him many times over the last few years when I was out shooting music photos, and I liked him quite a lot. He always was smiling and laughing when I saw him, and that always made me smile too.

On June 14th, my friend Marsi and I made a last-minute decision to accept an invitation from Chuck and Joanna Schiele to go to the house concert The Grams were performing that night in Harbison Canyon, and I'm glad we went, as that wonderful evening will be my last memory of Craig. I shot this photo that night.

My heart is with his sister Marcia, who I know better than I knew Craig, and to his wife Elise and all their family and friends.

Permalink posted at 2:31 PM in In Memoriam, Music

May 19, 2008

Dave Fresina In Boston-Area Paper

Filmmaker David Fresina was interviewed recently by a Boston-area newspaper about his upcoming documentary, "Return to Dwight and Nile."

To read the article from The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Massachusetts, Click Here.

I was one of the reporters David talked with during his visit to San Diego at the end of March, and I took him to my alma mater, St. Augustine High School, where we met with several faculty members who, like me, were there the day of the crash. I shot this picture of him later that day, at a PSA exhibit inside the San Diego Aerospace Museum.

David has named me Associate Producer of his film.

Permalink posted at 7:50 PM in Films

May 5, 2008

DMG's Resume On LinkedIn.com

I've found another site that is proving useful. It's called LinkedIn.com and it offers a profile that is mostly just your professional resume.

That allows you to connect with your friends on a professional level. I uploaded my address book, and LinkedIn used it to find all my music and theatre friends, but their occupations all list their day jobs as computer geeks, or whatever they do for their actual livings.

Check out my public profile at:
www.LinkedIn.com/in/shycloud

So, there now are four web sites where you can find me besides ShyCloud.com. The other three are:

Meetup.com
www.Meetup.com/members/2546273/

Facebook.com
www.Facebook.com/profile.php?id=509722634

MySpace.com
www.MySpace.com/shycloud

Permalink posted at 9:26 AM in Blogging

May 2, 2008

Red Bull Air Race Returns To SD

I got to attend the Red Bull Air Race over San Diego Bay on Saturday, September 22, 2007, thanks to Larry and Judy Thrall and thanks especially to their friend Mary Ann Williams.

Thanks again to Larry, he and I will be going back again on Sunday for the finals of the 2008 race! Whooo Hoooo!

One of my photos from September is above. To see a gallery of my other pictures from the event, click below:

Red Bull Air Race: San Diego 2007

By the way, people often say that watching one of my slide shows is like being at an event right beside me! To watch any slide show, click on the first picture in a gallery, then click on "Start Slide Show" at the top right corner of the next screen.

Permalink posted at 9:41 AM in San Diego, Sports

April 11, 2008

So Far DMG Likes Facebook.com

I joined Facebook.com last Thursday, and so far I'm liking it. The site doesn't allow the flashy layouts you see at MySpace.com, but it allows users to add 100s of 3rd party applications that do all sorts of things.

I think most of the applications are goofy, but I have found some I like, including Simply RSS, which will stream this blog entry I am writing here at ShyCloud.com right onto my profile page at Facebook.com!

Check me out on Facebook.com at:
Facebook.com/profile.php?id=509722634

My not-very-flashy MySpace profile is at:
MySpace.com/shycloud

Permalink posted at 12:17 PM in Blogging

March 28, 2008

DMG's 1978 PSA Crash Story

Plane crash victims

'People on the floor are the lucky ones'

By David Matt Green
September 25, 1978
Southern Cross Assistant Editor

"The people here on the floor are the lucky ones," said Augustinian Father Tom Bonica. "It's their families who are going to feel the pain."

Father Bonica was standing in the gymnasium of St. Augustine High School in San Diego. Three days earlier he had stood in the same building for a pep rally for the school's football team.

On this day, however, the gym was filled not with enthusiastic students, but with the remains of the victims of the crash between a Boeing 727 and a Cessna 172.

The gymnasium was now a morgue.

Earlier in the day, at a little after 9 a.m., Father Bonica had been one of the first people to reach the scene of the crash.

"I heard the explosion and saw the smoke," Father Bonica said. "I gave general absolution from where I was, then got into a car and drove six or seven blocks to the site of the crash.

"The police were already there. At first they weren't going to let me through, then one officer came over and said, 'If I were one of those people, I would want you there with me, Father.'

"The officer got me into the area, and I anointed about 50 bodies," Father Bonica said. "I've never been involved in anything like this before, and I hope I never go through anything like it again. It was gruesome."

Another Augustinian actually saw the mid-air collision.

"I was standing outside talking to the principal and the vice principal," said Father Jim Clifford. "I happened to look up and I saw the jet and a small plane near it. I said, 'They're too close!' just as the jet started to bank slightly.

"Then the small plane hit the wing of the jet and there was an explosion," Father Clifford continued. "The jet's wing burst into flames and the jet turned right toward the school.

"It looked like it was going to hit us, so I started yelling, 'Run! Run!' But it went down about six blocks from here. It was a sight I'll never forget."

Father Clifford went to the crash site with Father Bonica and two other Augustinians, Fathers John Ranallo and Anthony Wasko, the St. Augustine principal.

A number of students also hurried to the area, according to Bill O'Shaunghnessy, a lay teacher at St. Augustine who also went to the site.

"I saw about a dozen of our kids over there," O'Shaunghnessy said. "They were running up into the flames with little garden hoses, showing no regard for their own lives. I had to keep chasing them back to where they would be safe."

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Permalink posted at 4:30 AM in In Memoriam, San Diego

March 24, 2008

"Return To Dwight And Nile"

Boston filmmaker David Fresina will be in San Diego from late Friday night until Tuesday afternoon, to do pre-production work on his film, "Return to Dwight and Nile," a documentary about the Pacific Southwest Airlines plane crash that killed 144 people in North Park on September 25, 1978.

I was there that day, as a reporter/photographer for the Southern Cross Catholic newspaper, and I shot this photo, which is posted in several places on the Internet. Dave found it and contacted me, and I've been helping him connect with others who were there.

Following is Dave's proposal for the film. If you also were involved with the crash in some way and would like to meet with Dave while he is here, please click on his name above to send him an e-mail. Actual filming will take place in September, around the time of the 30th anniversary of what was then the worst air disaster in American history.

NANTASCOT FILMS

January 25, 2008

Dave Fresina
Hull, MA

NANTASCOT FILMS is an independent production company specializing in short films and documentaries.

SUBJECT: Documentary Film about the 1978 PSA Crash in San Diego

PRODUCER, DIRECTOR, WRITER: David Fresina

WORKING TITLE: "Return to Dwight and Nile"

FORMAT: Mini DV or HD

PROPOSED LENGTH: Approx 80 minutes

STATUS: In pre-production

ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY: Proposed principal locations will include San Diego International Airport, San Diego Aerospace Museum, the crash site in North Park at Dwight and Nile, St. Augustine High School, various locations in and around San Diego.

Interviews and subjects will include those who witnessed the crash, those who were at the crash site, reporters, photographers, fire/rescue/police, relatives of the crash victims, residents in and around the crash site, PSA employees, FAA/NTSB officials, city officials.

As we approach the 30th anniversary of the disaster, this documentary will serve as a memory of the tragedy, using photos, archival and current film footage, and interviews with persons who were there to witness the event unfold.

The crash of PSA 182 is not only a major part of San Diego and California history, but it is also an important part of aviation history, photo journalism, and American history as it was the worst airplane crash in the USA at the time.

The project is still in the pre-production/research phase as I am seeking persons who are willing to tell their story on film and to return to the crash site on the anniversary in September 2008.

I am also seeking access to the various locations mentioned above as well as archival film footage, photos and perhaps the whereabouts of the remaining wreckage.

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Permalink posted at 12:53 PM in Films, San Diego

March 14, 2008

SD Indie Music Fest IV Is 3/29

My astounding friends Danielle LoPresti and Alicia Champion staged the very first San Diego Indie Music Fest on November 14, 2004, at The Abbey on 5th Avenue. They will present SDIMF IV in North Park on Saturday, March 29th.

I have had the privilege of being an official photographer at all three of the Indie Music Fests so far. You can see my galleries from Fests I-II-III here:

SD Indie Music Fest III (March 3, 2007)
SD Indie Music Fest II (November 5, 2005)
SD Indie Music Fest I (November 14, 2004)

Following is a lot more info about Indie Music Fest IV, including schedules of the performers and showing times for the Film Fest.

Say It Records and Champ Records present

San Diego Indie Music Fest IV

March 29, 2008
12 Noon to 12 Midnight

A 12-Hour Extravaganza of Independent Music, Film, Art, Business and Thought!

Over 70 Artists on 7 Stages!

All Ages Welcome All Day Long!

In North Park, on and off University Avenue
(between Utah and Ray Streets)

Rock, Jazz, Folk, R&B, World, Funk, Spoken Word, Latin, Punk, and more...

Indie artisans selling their creations, interactive art, henna tattoos, tarot readings, voter registration, SD indie art and businesses, and delicious food and drink all day long.

Some of the stages will be free, and some will require an admission pass.

$23 - General
$20 - Students, Seniors and Military w/valid IDs
Kids 5 and under FREE!

Call the Birch North Park Theatre Box Office for Tickets: 619-239-8836 x 3

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Permalink posted at 12:29 AM in Music, San Diego

February 29, 2008

Where Has DMG Been In 2008?

Since it will be March tomorrow and I have posted here only once since December, I thought it might be a good idea to announce that I am still alive, but just haven't felt like writing much so far in 2008.

I have been taking lots of pictures, though, and I am working on a bunch of galleries from the last three months that will go up soon here on ShyCloud.com. Subject matter includes:

Marie Haddad and Allied Gardens at Humphrey's

Acoustic Alliance 20 at Brick By Brick

Chelsea Flor at Winston's

Jane Lui, Jay Nash and Joey Ryan at Lestat's

Jane Baek at Cafe Loma

POP Thursday at Museum of Photographic Arts

Archival shots of "The Pillowman" at Ion Theatre

Brenda Xu and her band at Dublin Square

"Sweet Charity" rehearsals at Coronado Playhouse

Brenda Xu at Lestat's

Saba and Joanie Mendenhall at Ould Sod

San Diego Photography Meetup Holiday Dinner

Stay tuned for these galleries and more!

Permalink posted at 9:57 AM in Blogging, DMG's Photos

January 19, 2008

DMG Is A Member Of Meetup.com

Today is the second anniversary of me joining Meetup.com in 2006, so I think it's time that I say something about this excellent web site and the more than 40,000 groups it hosts on over 3,500 topics! Their motto is: "Whatever your interest. Wherever you are."

During the last two years I have attended many Meetups and met dozens and dozens of nice friendly people! I highly recommend Meetup.com as a way of connecting with people who share your interests.

I originally joined Meetup.com to become a member of the San Diego Photography Meetup Group, which is organized by Dan Chusid. Eventually Dan made me an Assistant Organizer, and later he gave me the title "Music & Image Scout." You can see my profile for that group here: DMG's Photography Profile.

I also am an Assistant Organizer for the Arthouse Independent Movie Meetup Group, and I'm in several other groups as well, but I haven't attended any of their events yet. You can see a list of all the Meetups I belong to at: DMG's Meetup.com Profile.

Hope to see YOU at a Meetup soon!

Permalink posted at 10:58 AM in DMG's Friends, San Diego

December 22, 2007

First Pics From DMG's Bday Tour!

The photos from Night One of my magical birthday tour are viewable in a gallery at:

Listen Local Holiday Bash

Here's one of my best friend Marsi and I that was shot by the multi-talented Marie Haddad.

Parts 2 and 3 of the tour will be tonight, Saturday, December 22. See the previous post for details.

Permalink posted at 2:47 AM in Birthdays, DMG's Photos, Music

December 17, 2007

Celebrate DMG's Birthday, Part 2

As I wrote in my previous post, my birthday is December 24th. I will be celebrating it on Friday, December 21st, as I've already mentioned, and again on Saturday, December 22nd, at two events on Adams Avenue in Normal Heights. Both of the Saturday gigs will be around the corner from my old childhood elementary school, St. Didacus!

The first show will be a benefit at the Ould Sod for homeless veterans. Admission is free with your donation of one pair of new, warm men's socks. The 5:30-9:30 p.m. show will feature The Flimz, Saba and Sara Petite. All of them are excellent performers, but I've been mad about the sultry Saba for years, because she's one of the most constantly interesting people I know. I shot this picture of her at Lestat's in August.

And Lestat's will be my second Adams Avenue stop this Saturday night, as I plan to move over there by 10 p.m. to see Brenda Xu, a singer/songwriter I hadn't heard of until April of this year. Brenda rapidly became one of my favorite subjects, and in September we did a great photo shoot together at beautiful Torrey Pines, which included the shot above. Another picture from that morning appeared recently in the San Diego Reader. Isaac Cheong will perform first at 9 p.m., and The Flowerthief will have their CD release show after Brenda's set. There will be a cover charge for this event.

Permalink posted at 1:11 AM in Birthdays, DMG's Friends, Music

December 6, 2007

Help DMG Celebrate His Birthday!

My birthday is December 24th. If you would like to join me for a celebratory beverage that weekend, I will be at the ListenLocalSD.com Holiday Bash on Friday, December 21st, at the Mission Bay Boat & Ski Club! The party starts at 7 p.m. and will feature tons of live music, with no cover charge!

Permalink posted at 11:43 AM in Birthdays, DMG's Friends, Music